CRUISING WITH OUR FRIEND CHRIS

Envoy is currently under offer to an Australian couple who will visit Lefkas marina late October for an inspection and survey.

Envoy being launched at Lefkas Marina

Laurie enjoying a Greek Mythos beer and giant beans

After a few days cruising by ourselves we anchor off Lefkas Marina to pick up Chris who’s flown into Athens and caught the bus to Lefkas with just two minutes to spare after a super-fast taxi ride from the airport to the bus station. 
We visit some of our favourite local places, especially Sivota, before moving on to Cephalonia – Ay Eufemia and Ithica – N Ay Nikolau. Here we meet three kiwi farming couples from the Manwatu cruising aboard a 50 year-old 60ft displacement motor vessel with loads of character called Lochinvar. 

Laurie and Chris by dinghy at N Ay Nikolau


Chris and Di at N Ay Nikolau with mobile taverna in background. They store all their beer outside with no security overnight and it’s still there in the morning


Dog on waveski


At many of these places wasps are a bit of a problem and I get a sting on my hand. 

Now we find out that the BandG wind indicator parts aren’t coming after all, so we decide to head up to Corfu and get another instrument technician to have a look.
On the way we anchor off Lefkada again and visit a local carpenter who’s making some mooring line rat guards for us. On some islands rats are a problem and these guards prevent rats from crawling along the mooring lines. I wasn’t able to buy these in NZ before we left and the carpenter charges a very reasonable 30 Euros for four. Later we take these ashore and spray them black.
Stopping in Preveza we meet Ross (a Kiwi) and Cindy from yacht Antares and visit a great restaurant ashore called Apagkio where I have one of the nicest ever pasta dishes together with the inevitable, predictable but delicious Greek salad. Di notices some tomatoes on display and asks if she can buy some, but the staff give them to us for free. Greek tomatoes are particularly tasty as well as being much cheaper than those in NZ. 
Ross is looking for some scuba gear. I won’t be needing mine again and it takes up quite a lot of room aboard Envoy so we come to an arrangement for Ross to take it.
On the way north we stop and anchor for the first time at the island of Andipaxoi, having a beautiful bay all to ourselves overnight. This brings the number of Greek islands where we’ve over-nighted to 65 (plenty more to go as there are about 227 inhabited Greek islands and more than 6,000 in total).
In the morning another Nordhavn called Moxie (from Florida) comes into our bay and of course we meet up for a chat. Bob from Moxie tells us they recently went to Montenegro and tried to clear-in but Bob doesn’t have any form of skipper’s qualification. Not only would the authorities not let Moxie enter, but wouldn’t let her leave until Bob hired a commercial captain to take them out of Montenegro’s waters. Sounds like a pretty tough policy.
We spend a couple of days anchored off Petriti and then head to Gouvia marina. On the way we pass a very strange looking yacht, like something out of a sci-fi movie, called “A”. Apparently A is owned by a wealthy Russian and the lowest deck has a transparent hull so those aboard can see under water.

Yacht “A”



Chris and Laurie getting water before the watermaker was running

Chris pumping water from the plastic containers into Envoy’s tanks

All of the time we’ve been here the temperature has been around 30d with light winds and smooth seas – definitely motor boat weather! The sea temperature at 26d makes swimming a real pleasure.
Ay Eufemia’s fire brigade

A classic looking motor boat at Agni

And a classic sailing ship

Mates enjoying a beer together

Technical
The main reason for our visit to Gouvia is for technician Angelos to install our watermaker’s reconditioned main pump. This is done and the watermaker works fine. We don’t want to run it too long in the impure marina waters but a few days later run it for three hours and all is OK.
Our Nautica RHIB has been losing some air, requiring a few pumps every 3 or 4 days, so A1 Yachting arrange for someone to check it over. A few days later it’s returned hard as a drum and has remained so since.
Our dual trumpet air horn has failed due to water ingress and electrician Leo orders and fits a new unit for us.
He also arranges for an instrument technician to look at our B&G wind gear. The mast’s sender unit has been removed and is still being looked at.
Envoy has a SeaFire heat activated engine room fire extinguishing system. Nordhavn recently contacted all owners advising that some units have an interlock that shuts down the engine in case of discharge. This is deemed not a desriable feature and they offered a solution to bypass this interlock. Leo has some experience with SeaFire and checked our system out, determining that we don’t have this interlock, so no problem.
Envoy has a vacuum gauge connected to the Lugger’s Racor primary fuel filters. As filters become clogged they create a vacuum, telling you that it’s time to think about changing them. We’ve never seen any movement in the vacuum gauge and wondered if it’s working. So with Leo we checked this out by gradually reducing the fuel supply to the Lugger while it’s running. Sure enough the gauge showed vacuum, confirming that it’s working. Because Envoy has a fuel polishing system and all fuel is filtered through a 2 micron filter even before going to the primary Racor filter, the filters just don’t get contaminated.
Our secondary GPS – a Northstar – has been working adequately, but not well for some time. Now it’s definitely not working to our satisfaction and will need repair or replacement. This unit dates from pre-2002 so we can’t complain. 

Sept. 19 – (Part II) Île d’Orléans, QC

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France

Our second stop on Wednesday was Île d’Orléans, it’s located in the Saint Lawrence River about 3 miles east of Québec City. The island represents the tidal divide of the St. Lawrence, where fresh water begins to mix with the sea. Île d’Orléans was one of the first settlements for New France in the sixteenth century, and a large percentage of French Canadians can trace ancestry to early residents of the island. One road circles the perimeter of the island offering visitors a look back in time with historic homes and churches, vineyards, sugar shacks (maple syrup), delicious bakeries, fruit stands and drop-dead-gorgeous scenery.
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Slogen

The hike to the summit of 5,131 ft (1564m) Slogen is considered one of the top ten in Norway due to the scenery en route, the views from the top and the fact that it rises directly from Norangsfjorden. It was the most strenuous hike we’d done so far, with an elevation gain from trailhead…

Sept. 19 – (Part I) Montmorency Falls

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide

We left Québec City this morning and headed east to see Montmorency Falls (Chute Montmorency) and then the Île d’Orléans. This post will cover the falls…I’ll do another post for the island. The day started out dreary, windy and cool but began to clear as we enjoyed the falls.
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John Deere 6068 at 10,000 Hours

It’s hard to believe, but our “new” John Deere 6068AFM75 is now nearly 9 years old, has been around the world, and has now clocked up over 10,000 engine hours: Hours: 10075.1 Nautical miles traveled: 69,187 Fuel burn: 59,257.4 gallons Load factor: 44.2% Longest ocean crossing: 3,689 nautical miles (St. Helena to Barbados) Over the…

Sept. 18 – Old Québec, QC

“The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to” – Alain de Botton

Our last day in Old Québec was cold and windy, not a good day to be outside, but it gave me a chance to do a little shopping. Since it was a dreary day and not a good day for taking pictures I thought I’d share more pictures from our first two days in Old Québec. I think we walked up and down every little cobblestone street (Rue) in town…at least once. I’m in love with this city.
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Norangsfjorden

Norangsfjorden is similarly scenic as nearby Geirangerfjord, but smaller and not nearly as busy due to a 42-ft (13m) bar that prevents larger ships from reaching the head. From the anchorage at Honningdalsvagen we made a short, 23nm run to anchor of the village of Oye surrounded by waterfalls and 5,000ft (1,500m) peaks. Below are…

Cruise 2018 – Where we went and some numbers

Below is a map of the places we visited on our 2018 cruise. If you click on a mark it will name the location and give some numbers associated with our visit to it.A link to the map that will open in a standalone window is here.This was our eighth cruis…

Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord is one of the better known and popular fjords in Norway and is part of the West Norwegian Fjords UNESCO World Heritage Site. Full-sized cruise ships regularly travel the waterway, as do the Hurtigruten coastal ferries, local ferries and countless other craft. We’d already visited Geirangerfjord on a road trip up the Trollstigen route…

Cruising Blog

So we’re cruising in the Channel Islands on our first big offshore shake-down trip.Lots more pics and updates on our progress at:http://kamahelecruising.blogspot.comCheck it out!